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|First appearance||Kirby's Dream Land (1992)|
|Latest appearance||Kirby's Dream Collection: Special Edition (2012)|
|Category||Regular Enemy, Boss|
Cappies are enemies in the Kirby series. They are bouncing mushroom-like foes and have no copy abilities. If Kirby uses his inhale on them, the mushroom cap is inhaled, revealing Cappy's true form. Kirby can then spit the mushroom cap back at Cappy, KO'ing him. If Kirby has a copy ability, he can just attack him with that defeating him in one hit.
In the anime, these were commonly used as extras and featured a town full of them.
In the Kirby games
Cappies are found in the game's first level Green Greens where they mostly just hop around minding their own business. They are usually seen wearing mushroom caps. When they are wearing hats, Kirby must use his inhale to remove them. This will then reveal the Cappy's true face and they can then be taken out with the inhaled cap. Another method for defeating them is to just spit a puff of air at them while they still have their caps.
Some of the Cappies are stationary and just wiggle in place. These ones are inhaled along with their cap if Kirby tries to eat them.
Sometimes Cappies appear without their mushroom caps. These ones are even weaker than a Waddle Dee but make up for it by appearing in groups of two.
Cappys always wear hats over their heads.
Three Cappies are located on the top stage of Wispy-Woods Land. Kirby has to hit each one twice—once to knock off his cap and again to defeat him. If a Cappy loses his cap, he will wait several seconds before he gets another one. When all three Cappies have been destroyed, the item behind Sir Slippy will change to a black Warp Star, which will take Kirby to the boss if he hits it. If he waits too long, however, the Warp Star will disappear and Kirby will have to beat the Cappies again. Hitting a Cappy (with his cap on) earns the player 600 points, while hitting one without his cap yields 1200 points.
Cappies have similar behavior to that of Kirby's Dream Land. They are sometimes seen trying to throw their hats off. In Revenge of the King, there is an altered version of Cappy called Poison Mash. They are gray and have sad faces. They still jump around a lot.
Occasionally, they are seen hopping around in the middle of the track. If Kirby inhales them, their cap will be sucked off. They will freak out and run away. Cappies are common in the Sky Sands level of Air Ride mode. Numerous Cappies also appear in the Kirby Melee stadium, notably in Kirby Melee 2 where a plethora of them gather at the top of the level.
A small Cappy appears at the last room of the first stage in this game. After the player hits him four times, the player will move on to the room with the Cappy boss. This boss stays in the middle of the screen, occasionally hopping to the left or right side to hit a side paddle (which will shrink it). Once Kirby has done four damage him, his cap will explode and four small Cappies will surround him. They will slowly move about the screen, rotating and revolving around the boss. Two hits will dispatch a small Cappy, and six hits will dispatch the boss.
Cappies make an appearance in this game as enemies.
Cappies appear mostly in Cookie Country, the first level. Their appearances and actions seem the same. However, they reveal their faces by continuously throwing their mushroom caps in the air. Kirby will get hurt if he touches the cap in air, but otherwise this has no effect. If Kirby swallows the mushroom cap, the Cappy will stop jumping around. He first feels his face in surprise and then slumps his shoulders in depression. This makes him even weaker, as he stops jumping and throwing his cap.
In the Anime
Cappies played a major role in Kirby: Right Back at Ya! as citizens of Cappy Town. In the anime, they are ironically capless and are allies to Kirby. They reluctantly live under the rule of King Dedede.
In Super Smash Bros. series
There is a Cappy trophy in Super Smash Bros. Brawl.
- Without his cap, Cappy strongly resembles the modern interpretation of a Haniwa Doll.
- Cappy, along with Blipper, is one of the only common recurring enemies to not appear in Kirby 64: The Crystal Shards, not counting bosses.
- In Kirby's Return to Dream Land, if Kirby only destroys the mushroom cap, the Cappy will put his hands on his face and act dejected. This may indicate that Cappies treasure their caps greatly.
- Cappy's face resembles that of Shy Guy, from Super Mario Bros..
- Without their caps, Cappies resemble Gyroids from the Animal Crossing games, in both appearance and motion.
- Cappies seem to have been based off the Amanita muscaria mushroom.